Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Ed Vaizey MP

Biography

Ed Vaizey MP was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, with responsibility for digital industries on 15 July 2014. Ed was first elected as the MP for Wantage in 2005. He was re-elected in 2010, and May 7 2015.

Education

Ed was educated at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries in May 2010. He was Shadow Minister for the Arts from 2006 to 2010. In 2004 he became a political speech writer.

Career outside politics

After university he worked as a political researcher, before training and practising as a barrister. From 1996 to 2004 he was director of a public relations company.

Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

This role is shared between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). As such, the minister reports to both Secretaries of State, ensuring a strong focus on digital exists at cabinet level from both social and economic perspectives.

Responsibilities for DCMS include:

  • digital strategy, enterprise and technology
  • cyber security and telecoms resilience
  • digital infrastructure and spectrum
  • digital markets and consumer policy
  • digital engagement and skills
  • culture
  • media
  • creative industries

Responsibilities for BIS:

  • digital single market

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries

    • 2010 to 2014

Policies

  1. Arts and culture
  2. Media and creative industries
  3. Broadband investment
  4. Communications and telecomms
  5. Conservation of historic buildings and monuments
  6. Library services
  7. Museums and galleries
  8. National Lottery funding

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